C.S. Lewis’ ‘The Screwtape Letters’ comes to Charleston
By Olivia Pool Special to The Post and Courier – Wednesday, July 24, 2013
Most people know the name C.S. Lewis in connection with his famous “The Chronicles of Narnia” series, but Lewis, of course, wrote many other amazing works, including pieces such as “The Screwtape Letters.”
The latter story has been on a national tour and has hit more than 50 major cities so far, and will be in Charleston at the Sottile Theatre on Friday and Saturday.
Directed by Max McLean, this provocative and wickedly funny theatrical adaptation of Lewis’ novel is about spiritual warfare from a demon’s point of view.
Publicist Katharine Hughes gives us a summary: “ ‘The Screwtape Letters’ creates a morally inverted universe set in an eerily stylish office in hell, where God is called the ‘Enemy’ and the devil is referred to as ‘Our Father Below.’ The play follows His Abysmal Sublimity Screwtape and his slavish creature-demon Toadpipe as they train an apprentice demon, Wormwood, on how to ruin the life and damn the soul of an unsuspecting human on Earth.”
“The Screwtape Letters” has gotten rave reviews all over the country, including comments like “Devilishly funny!” by the Associated Press, “Sly, funny, handsomely produced … the devil is an equal-opportunity entertainer!” according to The Washington Post, and “A profound experience!” Christianity Today said.
The character of Screwtape is played by award-winning actor Brent Harris, who has been the lead in many great productions throughout the country. Harris played Scar in the national tour of “The Lion King,” Lucifer in “Dr. Faustus,” Iago in “Othello,” Salieri in “Amadeus,” Olivier in “Orson’s Shadow,” Atticus Finch in “To Kill a Mockingbird” and the title role in “Macbeth.”
“The Screwtape Letters” will be performed at 8 p.m. Friday and 4 and 8 p.m. Saturday. Adult tickets range from $39 to $59 and student tickets are $25 with a valid ID.
To purchase tickets, go to www.ScrewtapeonStage.com, call 800-514-3849 or visit the Sottile Box Office at 44 George St.
‘The Girl Singer!’
This weekend only, celebrate the five most well-known “singing sirens of the 20th century in a unique and intimate night of theatre.”
Produced by the Village Repertory Co. and performed at the Woolfe Street Playhouse, this will be the world premiere of “The Girl Singer! The Unforgettable Sirens of Song.”
The show will be the first in a series of musical cabaret events.
The idea was conceived by Keely Enright and will be directed by her along with musical direction and narration by Emmanuel Houston.
Local celebrity actress and songstress Mary Fishburne will be singing in this musical cabaret with pieces from Vaudeville to swing to the Big Band era and paying tribute to Judy Garland, Doris Day, Betty Hutton, Rosemary Clooney and Peggy Lee.
Expect to hear hits such as “Get Happy,” “The Man that Got Away,” “Que Sera, Sera,” “Bewitched Bothered and Bewildered,” “Hey There” and “Fever.”
“The Girl Singer!” will be performed Thursday through Sunday at 34 Woolfe St. Tickets are $15-$30. Purchase by calling 856-1579 or going to www.woolfestreetplayhouse.com.
New York Times bestselling author Mary Alice Monroe has just finished her latest novel called “The Summer Girls.”
The story is set on Sullivan’s Island and is about the relationship between three half-sisters and their grandmother, who is determined to help them re-establish their family bonds.
The artists at the Lowcountry Artists Gallery are excited to host Monroe’s book signing on Sunday at the gallery, so much so that they have prepared an exhibition of works inspired by the book and the Lowcountry surroundings.
There will also be light Lowcountry refreshments during the three-hour reception from 2-5 p.m. The reception is free and open to the public, but it is recommended that those who would like a copy of the book call the gallery in advance to reserve a copy.
Join the artists and the author Sunday afternoon at the Lowcountry Artists Gallery, 148 East Bay St. Call 577-9295 for more information.